Internship Experience – Kelsey Steketee


Kelsey Steketee, of Caledonia, Mich. was one of the three Sure Champ interns this summer. She stayed with the team for one month, before returning to Michigan to take a summer class. Read her farewell blog below.

For five weeks I had the opportunity to travel on the Sure Champ Junior National Tour as an intern. My time spent with Sure Champ was an experience I will never forget!

This summer I traveled many miles to the World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa, Maine/Chi Junior Nationals in Lima, Ohio and finally to Grand Island, Neb. for the National Junior Shorthorn Show and the Junior National Hereford Expo. While traveling across the United States, I had the opportunity to meet customers, breeders, and juniors, along with the other two interns and the rest of the BioZyme Inc. staff.

I would like to thank the people who have inspired me throughout this journey.  First, I would like to thank Bob and Lisa Norton. They are two of the most genuine and caring people I have met in my entire life.  Not only did I learn about their company and products this summer, I learned valuable life lessons.  This was the longest amount of time I had been away from home, and they made it easy by making me a part of their family for five weeks. Next, I would like to thank Crystal Blin, who has definitely become a huge role model in my life.  I have learned so many things that will help me in the future. I hope I can accomplish has much as you have someday. Finally, I would like to thank the rest of the staff and area sales managers for being so welcoming and encouraging!

Jamie and I back in St. Joseph, MO after finishing the Maine/Chi Junior Nationals in Lima, OH.

There were many things I had experienced for the first time – I officially ironed my own shirts  since my mom was not there to help (and yes I am 20 years old!) Traveling from Lima, Ohio back to St. Joseph, Mo. I flew on a non-commercial flight. Also, I stepped foot in Nebraska!

A few memorable moments – like being stuck in a Walmart parking lot for a few hours because Jamie’s car broke down and making a trip from Grand Island to Lincoln, Nebraska to pick up more Sure Champ shirts.

I couldn’t have asked for a better experience or better people to experience this with. I am forever grateful to have been a Sure Champ intern.

Along with helping out at the booth at the Junior National Hereford Expo, I also exhibited two Hereford heifers in Grand Island, NE.

Kelsey Steketee

P.S. – Stay tuned for Jamie and Robin’s Farewell blogs later this summer.

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